Post # 1
I have six bridesmaids — three who are local and three who are scattered up and down the East coast — of all shapes and sizes, from a 4 to a 24. As a budget bride myself, holding a pretty low-key rustic shindig, I don’t want my girls to have to spend a ton of money on a dress they’ll each wear one time. When I look for affordability + range of sizes + easy to find in any location, I keep coming up with David’s Bridal.
I’ve been there a few times as a bridesmaid with a bride who was searching for dresses for us, and though she didn’t choose a DB dress for us, I was able to find some styles there that I really liked (especially the price). But I see a lot of talk about DB on the wedding-web to the effect of “their dresses are shoddy,” “they fit poorly,” “their service stinks,” etc.
My girls want some direction rather than a free-for-all decision when it comes to their dresses, so I don’t want to tell them “find a brown dress — any brown dress!” And knowing their financial situations, I think they’d appreciate the flexibility of prices in DB dresses, if I tell them to pick a short dress in this color, any style they’d like (I don’t particularly care if they’re all the same style or not). But if the dresses are reaaallly that awful in quality, have a lot of problems with the product or the service, or are just as bad as some folks have said they are, I don’t know if I’ll really be doing them a favor.
What have your DB bridesmaids dress experiences been like?
(Just a side note — at first I was thinking of going with Alfred Angelo, but I just bought a bm dress there for another wedding. It’s in their least expensive price range and was $125 — I know that the $50 difference between that and some of the $80 dresses at DB can go a long way for my girls)
Post # 3
i haven’t shopped at DB, but most of the complaints i’ve seen about them are about the service – consultants who ignore you, having to search through and try on the dresses by yourself, etc. i haven’t seen anything saying DB dresses are shoddy. i think they’re a great, affordable choice.
Post # 4
I even ordered my girls dresses online. We went in the store and tried on dresses to see what size they would be and I got the dresses for $60 online including the shawl. I’ll attach a picture.
Post # 5
oh and I ordered them from David’s Bridal online 🙂
Post # 6
David’s Bridal doesn’t treat you like a princess – don’t go in expecting it. You’re paying a helluva lot less, and the service reflects that – most of the consultants are high school/young adults, and not people who want to work there the rest of their lives.
That being said, I love the dresses there. It’s easy to get a good dress that fits everyone, or choose multiple dresses that fit girls best. There’s a wide array of colors, and they can really work for everyone. Plus, every alterations person on earth has worked with a DB dress before.
Just don’t expect to be coddled, and you’ll be fine.
Post # 7
FWIW, when I went to DB, they DID treat me like a princess. I got dedicated attention from my consultant (which is more than I got at the high-end salons where I’d had appointments). She picked out a ton of amazing dresses. The other consultants who weren’t busy offered advice and suggestions. Their in-house bustle expert came over to tell me what I could do with some of the more asymmetric/unusal trains. I think in general, DB service is hit-or-miss. There are some great ones out there, and there are some not-so-great ones.
As far as quality, I’m satisfied with the dress I ended up with. It might not be $100/yard persian silk, hand-stitched by nuns or anything, but the quality seems okay. Even seams, solid stitching, excellent fit.
Post # 8
Yeah I’ve gone through David’s Bridal for weddings I’ve been in and have never had an issue. I fit their size 12 perfectly so I don’t need alterations from them, which is nice. I was in the same boat as you that I didn’t want to use them because there’s this really weird reputation surrounding that place. I had a wonderful experience there though. Honestly I looked everywhere else first, but I ended up there for bridesmaids anyways because I wanted different styles that looked good on everyone and were the same color. They have the biggest selection of styles there and the come in so many colors. I had a really good experience there, and haven’t had a problem with their service. You could always go there and look at dresses and if you hate it there you don’t have to buy them.
Post # 9
@afbacher: 5 of my 6 girls grew up as mountain folk — we wouldn’t know what to do with being coddled anyway 😛
Post # 10
I’m the Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding in July, and we’re all wearing David’s Bridal dresses. The one thing I’ll warn you about is that in the store, I tried on the dress in a size 8 and it was a little bit snug, but I was planning on losing some weight before the wedding. When I picked up the actual dress it was slightly bigger than the sample size. I had not lost any weight at that point, so it struck me as odd. I’ve heard of sample dresses stretching out over time, but not the other way around. So just be cautious with the sizes.
Post # 11
My girls will be wearing DB dresses. I didn’t want to put a lot of money into a dress that would probably only be worn once. I have worn DB BMs dresses before and they photograph well and are comfy and that’s pretty much all I am worried about.
Post # 12
I’ve had great experiences everytime I’ve been there.
Post # 13
The service at DB is kind of hit and miss, I went twice. The first time was terrible! I had a girl who just seemed like she didn’t want to be there AT ALL, she didn’t ask me what I was looking for in a dress at all! The only thing she asked me about was my budget! So after I tried on the first dresses that I found my self (which was a pain in the @$$) she brought me a few that I didn’t like at all and didn’t look anything like what I picked out. The second time I went she wasn’t in so I had a different lady and she was downright amazing! She knew exactly what would look good on my body type and was very happy to help me. She told me her honest opinion on things and she was right! and she found THE DRESS even though it is now out of my budget =(
My bridesmaids are getting their dresses there and I am probably going to get my wedding dress there as well =)
Post # 14
I bought my dress from DB, but not bridesmaids dresses. The first time I went in, basically got ignored. Second time, got a brief overview but was on my own to look. Third time, got decent service (the salesgirl just didn’t have the right personality for retail, particularly wedding dresses) and bought my dress because of cuteness and the price was right! If you don’t go in expecting awesome service, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I have gotten a bridesmaid dress for another wedding at DB and it was affordable and convenient. And they have TONS of options for bridal party! If my bridesmaids were doing matching dresses, I would go for it in a minute.
Post # 15
Also, FYI people–if you buy your dress at DB, your bridesmaids get a discount so make sure you look for things like that! Also, your groomsmen/groom get a discount at Men’s Wearhouse since they’re part of the same company.
Post # 16
Why not just have the girls pick their own dress in the color and styling of your choosing? That way they’ll be more likely to end up with a dress they’d wear again, spend what they are comfortable with, AND you get the cool mix and match (without being annoying) look.